The Baltimore Book Festival took place in Mount Vernon the weekend of September 27th. It was a fun event with music, food, speakers and an eclectic variety of books. This is an annual event that has been happening for several years now. A lot of city organizations partner with and sponsor the Baltimore Book Festival, which allows it to happen.
No matter what type of books someone likes, the Book Festival has something for everyone. There was everything from a Jane Austen panel to making your own graphic novel to learning about mythology. Writers’ workshops were also available. Several booksellers came, including Ukazoo in Towson, often selling new and used books at fantastic prices. Each day the Author’s Tent featured different Maryland writers who were selling their books and making conversation with readers. A highlight of the weekend for me was hearing from authors Meg Cabot and Jennifer Armentrout, who write young adult and adult literature for women. Cabot is one of my favorites, so meeting her in person and having her sign a copy of my Princess Diaries book was a dream come true.
While at the Book Festival, I ran into several other Goucher students who seemed to be enjoying it as much as I did. Evan Winalski ’16 said that his favorite part was the homemade ice cream vendor and looking at the old books, while Emilia McNally ’16 enjoyed the music. Baltimore is fortunate to have an event like this and be able to support reading writing in the community.